Vandalia Gathering kicks off with an awards ceremony for quilt and wall-hanging winners
CHARLESTON — On Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, the Culture Center and state Capitol grounds are setting the stage for the 43rd annual Vandalia Gathering — the state’s annual celebration of the traditional arts, music, dance, stories, crafts and food of West Virginia. The free festival’s unique blend of ethnic and cultural heritage combines an atmosphere as comfortable as a family reunion with the excitement of a state fair. The 2019 Vandalia Gathering kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the State Theater with an awards ceremony for quilt and wall-hanging winners and the presentation of the 2019 Vandalia Award, the state’s highest folklife honor, to Dwight Diller, a world-renowned clawhammer banjo player, fiddle player and teacher. During the evening performances, three other members of the Vandalia family will be honored posthumously: George “The Earl of Elkview” Daugherty, Marvine Loving and Judson Wallace. The concert will include a musical tribute to Daugherty, featuring Roger Bryant, Buddy Griffin and others; a musical tribute to Loving, featuring Bobby Taylor; a musical tribute to Wallace, featuring Bare Bones and others; and the High Ridge Ramblers.